Donna Quesada is a professor at Santa Monica College. Although she has taught all facets of philosophy, her concentration is in Asian philosophy. Since 1992, she's been a practicing Zen Buddhist, and is also a certified yoga instructor. She took her Buddhist precepts with Nyogen Yeo Roshi in 2005, the last successor of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and the abbot of Hazy Moon Zen Center of Los Angeles. Taizan Maezumi Roshi was one of the first Japanese masters to bring Zen to the West and a seminal figure in twentieth-century Zen. Quesada lives with her family in Culver City, California.